[guest post by JVW]
The Turkish military is claiming that they have taken over management of the country, according to news outlets. Details are sketchy as of this moment, with reports that there are tanks on the streets of Ankara and that F-16s are flying low over the city. The government has acknowledged that a coup is underway, but is claiming that it has not (yet?) been successful.
I’ll be away for a few hours this afternoon, so I invite Dana, JD, or Patterico to update this post as more details emerge.
UPDATE 2:15 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) – From CNN: “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Moscow that he has been given reports about what is going on. ‘I don’t have any details. I hope there will be peace, stability and continuity in Turkey,’ he said.”
UPDATE 2:21 pm – The Israeli news agency Haaretz seems to have pretty good coverage along with pictures. They say that CNN reports that Turkish President Erdogen is safe, though I didn’t come across that on CNN’s website.
UPDATE – Here are several updates from the AP:
A lawyer for the Turkish government says “there are indications of direct involvement” in the coup attempt of a cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania.
Robert Amsterdam said in a statement Friday evening that he and his firm “have attempted repeatedly to warn the U.S. government of the threat posed” by Fethullah Gulen and his movement.
He says that according to Turkish intelligence sources, “there are signs that Gulen is working closely with certain members of military leadership against the elected civilian government.”
The president of a group that promotes Gulen’s ideas denied the charges.
Also, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says that “things are getting better every minute”.
And, arrests are being made:
NTV television is quoting the prosecutor’s office in Ankara saying at least 42 people have been killed in “attacks” in the capital.
According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the number of soldiers who were arrested in the coup plot has increased to 130.
Further, according to Bloomberg twitter feed, Turkey’s President Erdogan says rebellion-leaders “will pay a heavy price for their treason”.